Our fall freezes finally arrived. The weather station recorded 10/28/17 (read 8:00am) 10/27/17 Max. Temp.: Time: 30.0°F 12:54 am 53.8°F 1:00 am Min. Temp.: Time: 24.7°F 6:50 am 28.5°F 12:55 am 10/27 looks a bit questionable with the high at 1 in the morning! I will double check the archive in a few days to double check. … [Read more...] about Fall freeze
With the early warm temperatures we experienced this year the Fruit Trees were already beginning to bloom when the temperatures turned cold again. On March 15th the temperature at the Fruit Station dropped to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Critical temperatures for frost damage of fruit trees varies by type of tree and stage of growth. Utah State University Cooperative Extension has … [Read more...] about Frost Damage on Fruit Trees
We noticed that the Magnolia stellata was blooming last week! It is usually in full bloom around April 1, so it looks like things are developing early at this point. That brings bad memories of the Easter Freeze of 2007 when March was warmer than April and things started to grow ahead of schedule. Early April 2007 saw record cold temps and all fruit crops were lost. This … [Read more...] about Will it be an early spring?
It was a frosty morning today after a warm October and November. Our Real-Time Weather Station at Mountain Grove recorded 32.8 degrees Fahrenheit for a low, so only parts of the landscape had frost. The first fall frost is almost a month later than the average date of October 15. … [Read more...] about First fall frost
According to the Farmer's Almanac, you can predict the winter weather with a persimmon seed. Seeds were cut open from the trees here at the Fruit Station and they all had spoons inside. The folklore goes... If the kernel is spoon-shaped it means lots of heavy, wet snow will fall. If the kernel is fork-shaped it means you can expect light, powdery snow and a mild … [Read more...] about Persimmon Seeds